The Stanford Prison experiment and the Milgram experiment are frequently referenced as examples of how through the action of perceived authority people can be twisted to do evil. However, one can imagine similar experiments where the students were conditioned to acts of unusual kindness.
Three corollaries: 1) a saintly society is possible; 2) people in authority, in particular, political figures and news outlets, bear significant responsibility for the bad behavior of their followers; 3) we all bear a responsibility to proselytize goodness.
5 Replies to “The Stanford Prison experiment and the Milgram experiment are frequently referenced as examples of how through the…”
I’m not sure an experiment is needed, plenty goes on with real situations.
The experiment would be for determining minimum triggers. Sort of like how advertisers figure they have to mention a product name 3 times for us to remember it when we’re in the store.
Lisa Chabot or like the repeat of phone numbers 5 times in a commercial. Gaaaaah Hudon 32 700.
Btw just a couple if weeks ago I ran across the Stanford Prison experiment, really scary results. The Milgram was the shock for incorrect answers?
At least neither were as bad as MKUltra, which counts the Unabomber in its “alumni”.